Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Still Looking for Next Big Thing

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has remained immersed in know-how whereas additionally pursuing divergent pursuits since his 1985 departure from the revolutionary firm he began with the late Steve Jobs.

Wozniak’s facet tasks have included competing on Dancing With The Stars in 2009 and a visitor look on Large Bang Idea throughout its fourth season. Now he’s taking part in a web-based video present known as Unicorn Hunters that assesses concepts from entrepreneurs vying to construct startups probably value $1 billion or extra. Wozniak sits on a panel of judges that features former US Treasurer Rosie Rios and NSYNC singer Lance Bass.

Wozniak, 71, plans to return for a second season of Unicorn Hunters. He not too long ago mentioned the present and know-how panorama with The Related Press.

Q: What attracted you to Unicorn Hunters?

A: I’m type of shocked as a result of I’m not actually within the monetary group as a lot because the technical group, however the name actually got here from a superb good friend that I belief lots. And he or she’s a superb producer that even received me on Dancing With The Stars, some of the enjoyable issues you can ever do. What intrigues me (about Unicorn Hunters) are the fascinating new issues that different individuals do not even learn about.

Q: What do you suppose of the present state in know-how?

A: I feel lots has been occurring that basically enhances your life. Over the past decade, have a look at the web of issues, the cameras we put in our home, the Ring doorbells, the completely different locking techniques, and controlling your lights, and chatting with the non-public assistants like Siri or Alexa.

Q: Do you suppose the current conviction of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes will change the tradition of Silicon Valley?

A: I’m not a lot completely down on her, like she is a prison. I by no means have been. I assumed if you begin up an organization, and you’re on the market making an attempt to do one thing good, and perhaps you run into technical difficulties, generally the not possible seems to be not possible. And, oh my gosh, I might perceive how she must begin simply type of protecting it up simply to maintain the corporate going to have an opportunity to do some good. And I can see it from that angle. It is not proper to deceive and lie knowingly. However I feel she was actually simply making an attempt to do one thing good. If she was motivated an excessive amount of by cash, then she’s not my kind.

To get the eagerness, the drive, the concept ought to accomplish that a lot good for the world, and it shouldn’t be pushed by cash. Too many individuals simply suppose, “I’ll get into this entrepreneurship factor and as soon as I begin one firm, I can afford a home in San Francisco, (then) I’ll do my subsequent firm and my subsequent firm.” And it is only a method to earn cash.

Q: Did you and Steve Jobs ever really feel such as you needed to stretch the reality throughout Apple’s early days?

A: No. All the pieces was gold and our Apple II laptop (launched in 1977) was up to now forward of the competitors in years that we had no fear. We have been up to now forward of what different individuals have been making an attempt to do, they have been making an attempt to do one thing I had already completed 5 years earlier than.

Q: How do you assess the startup pitches on Unicorn Hunters?

A: I attempt to suppose, if you find yourself judging them, “What if Apple was up there making a pitch within the earliest days?” And it could appear, “So, whoa, this concept will go someplace,” however the large laptop firms do not even actually consider in it. How would you see these Apples when they’re proper in entrance of you?

Q: What do you suppose are probably the most fascinating developments in know-how?

A: There may be all the time the most recent fad. The web of issues was a giant fad, and turned out numerous nice firms. After which they type of consolidated. I prefer it when it is open to funding, when it is open to all types of individuals with nice concepts, simply out of universities and wish to have a startup. I’m fascinated about that.

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